The FILLM Newsletter
|Shakespearean Perspectives. Essays on Poetic Negotiation.|
Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2017
David Lucking sees Shakespeare’s plays as negotiating tensions between a
number of alternative, and sometimes mutually antagonistic
perspectives. Some of these perspectives are associated with particular
languages, cultures and texts, while others involve philosophical issues
such as the nature of personal ontology and distinctions between
reality and dream, being and nothingness. In elaborating his insights
Lucking draws extensive comparisons with Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, and between Sophocles’ Theban plays and King Lear, and he also pays close attention to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Antony and Cleopatra.
Re-assessing a wide range of earlier commentary, his nine essays
confirm the lasting value of apposite contextualization in tandem with
detailed close reading.
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